Char Vrieze serves as the Executive Director of 40 Square Cooperative Solutions, an independent agriculture health plan cooperative in Minnesota. She officially joined 40 Square in August 2017 to coordinate the details necessary to make bring the initiative to market but was initially hired by Cooperative Network, the statewide trade association of cooperatives, over eight years ago to lead the 40 Square project. Char also serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization which provides education about co-ops and scholarships for students seeking careers in cooperatives. She brings fourteen years of governmental experience from her work with the Wisconsin State Legislature, serving as a senior policy advisor to several lawmakers in leadership positions on the Joint Committee on Finance, the state’s budget writing committee. Her expertise includes agricultural, higher education and health care issues. Her work on the committee and on other significant pieces of legislation has resulted in several awards from well-respected organizations.
Terri Moxley is the Director of Benefits and Distribution for 40 Square Cooperative Solutions. Terri has worked in the Insurance Industry for over 18 years in both the Property and Casualty and Life and Health Insurance fields. She is licensed as a Life and Health and Property and Casualty Producer in the state of Minnesota. Prior to joining 40 Square, Terri spent 12 ½ years with a National Third Party Administrator supporting customers across the United States.
After a successful career managing several employers across the country, Terri is excited to focus her efforts back in her home state of MN with 40 Square. Terri brings a passion to educate and engage companies to both motivate and support their employee/member’s to be their “best self” through the benefit offerings, wellness opportunities and population/health management. She currently is an Advisory Board Member for 40 Square and has enjoyed being part of several Benefit and Wellness Committees within the Clients she works with.
Kathy Watson joined 40 Square Cooperative Solutions in October 2017 as a member support specialist. In this role Kathy is responsible for customer service, marketing and general office operations. She is a licensed Resident Insurance Producer in the state of Minnesota.
Before joining 40 Square, Kathy spent six years as part of the retail management team of United Farmers Cooperative, UFC Farm Supply. Her work experience also includes sales, marketing and customer service roles with Cargill and various retail and health service companies. Kathy graduated from the University of St. Thomas earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing.
Kathy has served on various parent teacher organizations, church vestry, youth sport, music and community activities boards. Currently she serves on the Board of Advisors for the University of Minnesota Carver County Extension program. She is also active within the Carver – Scott County Master Gardeners organization and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.
Julie Wheeler joined the 40 Square Cooperative Solutions team on October 1st, 2018 as a Benefit Specialist. Julie carries a Life and Health Insurance License in Minnesota and has spent over 30 years in the Insurance and Employee Benefits Industry, working on all aspects of employer sponsored benefit plans. Her most recent 20 years were spent with a National Third Party Administrator, headquartered in St. Paul, MN, where she managed several clients across the United States. Julie worked closely with Human Resource Managers and key contacts within clients, on a day-to-day basis, assisting with all their benefit needs.
Working in conjunction with the Director of Benefits and Distribution of 40 Square, Julie will coordinate and provide support for the 40 Square health plan. She will assist in managing vendor and agent relationships as well as providing customer service support to our Health Plan participants. Julie is excited to be part of the 40 Square team and eager to focus on ensuring the delivery of exceptional service and support to the 40 Square membership of today and the future.